Wednesday, October 28, 2015

An Apple For Christmas / Christmas Lessons

An Apple For Christmas 

A Christmas Novella

Christmas Traditions

Kindle Edition

by Darlene Franklin

  • 59 pages
  • Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications 
  • July 21, 2015

Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart? 

My thoughts: I like Ms. Franklin's more recent novellas. They are cute. This one was set on an apple orchard and an all-girls' school in Vermont. The father and both daughters are named after apple varieties. Really cute. There is a light faith message, which is really good. 

At first I didn't like Ruby very much. She was rude and prickly to the father. But she softened up. I didn't understand why she was unwilling to use her scientific skills when he asked, even though he offered to pay her for her help. I also didn't understand why the head mistress would blame Ruby when one girl (out of a class of twenty-thirty) didn't pass even though everyone else did. 

Also, I think the apple harvesting was a little late (November/December) and they said something about no snow before Christmas  -- this would be more Oklahoma (if they have apple orchards there?) 

All in all, this was a good story. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and a little about their lives.  

I got this book from the author for review. 

4 stars. 

Christmas Lessons 

A Christmas Traditions #5 

Kindle Edition

by Patty Smith Hall 

48 pages

  • October 1, 2014
  • ASIN: B00NVI9TS2

Love isn't always enough. 

If it were, history teacher Claire Davenport would have married her childhood sweetheart Billy Warner in a heartbeat. But Billy has big dreams of coaching college football, a plan that could be sidetracked by Claire's disability. Fearing he'll resent her, Claire breaks their engagement and sets out to build a life around the children at her school. 

But Christmas is the Season of Miracles! 

Two years later, Billy Warner is back in Marietta, the new head coach at the school where Claire teaches, and determined to find out why she broke his heart. Working together to give Christmas to needy families in their community, they can't deny the love they've always shared, but will it be enough to last a lifetime? 

A sweet Christmas novella by the author of Hearts in Flight, Hearts in Hiding and Hearts Rekindled.

My thoughts:  Set after WWII, CHRISTMAS LESSONS is a sweet romance about a second chance at love, old friends becoming lovers. The characterization isn't exactly deep, and we didn't get to know the characters as well as we would in a longer story, but it was a sweet Christmas romance. Billy wants to win Claire's heart and marry her, but years ago, she broke his heart when she rejected him. Why? Would he ever learn the truth and win her back? This is the fifth book in the Christmas Traditions series, written by eight other authors. A good read. 4 stars. 

Christmas Traditions: An 8-Author Multi Christmas novella series

I also read Carrie Pagel's, The Fruitcake Challenge (which I loved).

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